By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

19th Apr, 2023 | 6:10pm

Everton: Sky Sports pundit reacts to Amadou Onana transfer updates amid Chelsea, Newcastle and Arsenal interest

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Kevin Campbell is confident that Amadou Onana won’t be leaving Everton this summer despite mounting transfer speculation.

Premier League trio Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle, along with La Liga’s Atletico Madrid have all been credited with an interest in the Toffees midfielder by Ben Jacobs (18 April), with a bid of £60million-plus seen as suitable possibly enough.

But with the London pair having already been rebuffed by the Belgian international in January, Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes the 21-year-old’s Toffees bond is already strong enough to keep him at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “I don’t think he’s going anywhere to be honest with you. 

“I think the opportunity came in January even for him to leave the club and he said no, he’s staying.

“I think he loves it at Everton to be honest, loves the fanbase.

“Would he move on in the future? Yeah, possibly. But he’s learning his trade, he’s starting every game, and he’s learning very fast what a relegation battle’s like.

“So I think it’s a really important learning curve for him as a player.

“And he’s got a manager there who believes in him because he’s starting every game.”

Onana turning down advances from the capital during the winter window was a small piece of welcome relief when every potential new signing was doing the same to Everton.

If the club go down it will be next to impossible to keep anyone of any value, but if Sean Dyche can keep them up it would be majorly beneficial moving forward to keep the young star around.

Declan Rice may be the priority for most clubs seeking a central midfielder this summer, but there has already been significant interest in Onana and with the finances at Goodison Park yet again a concern money tends to talk.